Thai Cave Survivors invited at Old Trafford
Manchester United have invited the Thai football team rescued from a cave after 17 days underground to a match at Old Trafford this season.
A few moments after the Royal Thai Navy and others rescued the last four boys and their coach in the cave, the Old Trafford management has invited the Wild boars to the Red Devils home this coming season.
The cave system trapped the 12 boys and their coach after heavy rains that flooded it in Northern Thailand on June 23. The mission to bring them back to their normal lives caught the attention of the world. Messages of support streamed in from world stars and football governing bodies among them, FIFA inviting them to the World Cup Final in Moscow.
17 days later all the thirteen have been safely rescued except for one diver who lost his life in the whole rescue mission. On Tuesday, the final members in the cave, four boys and their coach were brought out at the welcome of the world of football to complete the rescue.
It was Manchester United who took to their facebook page to hail the news and offered to host a match with the Wild Boars at the Old Trafford Stadium in the course of the 2018-19 campaign for both the team and those who worked hard for the 17 days to rescue them out of the damning predicament.
"Manchester United is greatly relieved to learn that the 12 footballers and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand are now safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. We would be honoured to welcome the team from the Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season," said a statement on United's facebook page
AS Roma also took to its Twitter page to salute and pay tribute to the ex-Navy Seal diver Saman Kunan who traded his life for the boys. Kunan died while delivering oxygen to the boys.
"The best football news of the summer – ALL 12 young Thai players and their coach have been rescued after being trapped in a cave in Thailand for two weeks.
Our thoughts are with the family of ex-Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan who died after delivering the boys oxygen. A real hero," read the tweet from AS Roma.